On Friday morning, Stephen A. Smith made headlines for all the wrong reasons – again.
During ESPN’s First Take on Friday, Smith was asked which quarterback he would rather draft: Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins or Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray.
In his analysis of the former college quarterbacks, Smith made an embarrassing mistake when he stated the following:
“Haskins is no joke as well. I know that he’s bigger, he can make all the requisite throws at the NFL level. He played for a big time program at Ohio State. I just find him to be more of a runner than a thrower. I could be wrong about that, but that’s what I find,” Smith said.
Yes, Stephen A., you’re wrong about that.
Haskins finished the season as college football’s leading passer, throwing for 4,831 yards and 50 touchdowns en route to several Big Ten records.
As for his legs, Haskins ran 79 times for 108 total yards on the ground – good for an average of 1.4 yards per rush.
The former Ohio State star compares more to Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger – a big body that can avoid a sack, but isn’t a serious running threat – than say Cam Newton, who can sling the rock, but carries a significant threat as a runner.
If an NFL team is looking for the purest passer in the 2019 draft class, look no further than Haskins.
But sure, we’ll call him more of a runner than a thrower.